AUIB | COURSE PROGRAM

COURSE PROGRAM

The AUIB English Language Academy (ELA) offers intensive non-credit seven-week courses to prepare students to enter the American University of Iraq - Baghdad. All instructors are highly qualified native speakers of English with outstanding academic and teaching expeirience.

The ELA offers courses in general English as well as English for academic purposes --see the chart below

  • Mid-intermediate levels (Level 1 to Level 8).
  • Our high intermediate level through upper advanced levels (GE 6, 7 and 8) are academic English classes aligned to your desired major at AUIB to ensure a smooth transition to university studies.  In all ELA classes, the emphasis is on skills that encourage both independent and collaborative learning tailored specifically for your major. 
Levels Descriptor International Standard (CEFR) Number of Weeks Times per Week Total Contact Hours Curriculum
General English Level 1 Low Beginner Level A1 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours English Unlimited A1
General English Level 2 Mid-Beginner Level A1/A2 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours English Unlimited A2
General English Level 3 High Beginner Level A2 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours English Unlimited B1
General English Level 4 Low Intermediate Level B1 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours English Unlimited B1+
General English Level 5 Mid-Intermediate Level B1/B2 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours English Unlimited B2
English for Academic Purposes Level 6 High Intermediate Level B2 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours Academic Writing, Discussion Strategies*
English for Academic Purposes Level 7 Lower Advanced Level C1 Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours Academic Writing, Compelling Conversations*
English for Academic Purposes Level 8 Upper Advanced Level C1/C2 or above Seven 20 Hours per Week 140 Hours Academic Writing, AUIB English for Academic Purposes*

* In English for Academic Purposes the emphasis will be on the professional English you will need to study at AUIB where you can choose to major in law, medicine, health sciences, business, engineering and architecture, communication and media sciences, education, global affairs, and public policy or arts and sciences.

PLACEMENT TESTS

All applicants to the American University of Iraq - Baghdad must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English before they can take academic classes in the university. You will have to take the ELA Placement Test and if you obtain less than 70% on our Level 8 test you will need to take English for Academic Purposes. If you do very well, you will be able to register for your undergraduate year at the university.

Level 8 takes 7 weeks after which you can apply to join AUIB academic classes.

The ELA placement test places applicants into basic, intermediate and advanced levels according to the specified levels in the above table. 

REGULAR TESTING

Students will be tested over two days at the end of each level. Exams for General English Levels 1 to 5 will cover vocabulary, grammar, writing, listening and speaking. Examinations for Academic Purposes Level 6, 7 and 8 will test the student’s ability to use English at an advanced level. In practice this means that emphasis will be on the student’s ability to use academic English for his or her respective major when reading, writing, and talking about academic subjects as well as the student’s ability to understand university lectures to ensure a smooth transition to academic studies at AUIB.

All exams will be produced by the instructors concerned in cooperation with the Director and the Deputy Director of the English Language Academy. We want our students to be very communicative both with their classmates and their instructors and extra marks will be given for active participation in the classroom.

A minimum of 70% is required to pass to the next level. Students graduating from English for Academic Purposes Level 8 will be able to apply for first year courses at AUIB.

CLASSROOMS & FACILITIES

On average, there will be 15 to 20 students per class with individual desks for each student. All classrooms are equipped with a smart computer with Internet connection. We also have a reading room, a computer room, a student lounge and a café. Photocopying is available at a modest cost.

OFFICE HOURS

Instructors will post their office hours so that students will have an opportunity to ask questions, go over homework, discuss tests, etc.

Normal office hours are from 8h00 to 17h00.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is taken on a daily basis. Students who are consistently tardy and/or absent may be barred from taking exams.